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April 11, 2019
This Sunday in Worship
Christians around the world will begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday celebrations this Sunday. For me, it is an odd thing to “celebrate” Palm Sunday because we are celebrating humanities failure to recognize Jesus. Tragically the crowds go from proclaiming Jesus as “blessed” and “the one who comes in the name of the Lord” to seeing him crucified less than a week later. Jesus was right there in front of them and they failed to see him. It is a harsh reminder to us that we can be guilty of the same neglectful actions that resulted in God not being seen, even when He appeared in the flesh. As we “celebrate” Palm Sunday we will also be finishing our series on prayer called “When You Pray.” This week we will be exploring how God can answer our prayers in ways that we fail to see. Palm Sunday teaches us that we must intentionally look to see where God is present - the same applies to how we pray.

I hope to see you all Sunday,
Pastor Steve
Holy Week
Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. This service is also called Holy Thursday and recounts the last night Jesus spent with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. Communion will be served. For those of you who are curious the word “Maundy” comes from Jesus’ proclamation of a new commandment in John 13:34 ( mandatum novum in Latin) United Methodist Book of Worship #351. 

Good Friday , April 19, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Sanctuary will be open for prayer. Please come by as you can, enter quietly through the Narthex (front doors) and pray silently for as long you feel called to pray. (Pastor Steve will be present for any specific prayer request you may have).

Easter Morning Activities
Easter Breakfast served by the Henderson Settlement Mission Team
All are invited to join us on April 21st in the the FLC for breakfast following sunrise service. The Henderson Settlement team will provide a spread of breakfast favorites! Donations will help cover the cost of breakfast, and any donations in excess will be used to buy building materials for the community projects at Henderson Settlement.
Easter Celebration Services
April 21st: Sunrise Service, 7:00a.m. at the Cemetery cross, as well as our regular services at 8:15, 9:30, & 10:45 a.m. The Denver UMC Choir and Orchestra will be presenting the cantata ‘Lead Me To The Cross, The Road To Easter’. at both the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services.
Upcoming Events
New Traffic Flow: The new traffic flow will begin April 14th . Please follow the signs and the guidance of the parking attendants. Thank you!
Church office Easter Hours
Church Office closed - The church office will be closed Easter Monday (April 22nd), in observance of the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 23rd. The ministry staff will not be in the office on April 23rd, as they will be volunteering at the Spring Break Camp at Hills Chapel UMC that day.
Needed - EXTRA people to welcome our guests on EASTER! We need 10 people to help welcome our guests well this EASTER. Some families are out of town, so there are shoes to fill and smiles to share. Serve at the worship service you normally attend, or worship at one time and serve at another - the choice is yours! Contact Anita Sain at  anita.sain@denverumc.org  or 704-425-9915 by this Sunday to volunteer. We'll train you "on the job!"
JOY Movie Night - Join the JOY group on April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at The Terraces Clubhouse. The Feature movie will be "Only the Brave".
Spring Fling at Unity Presbyterian Church
A senior luncheon will be held on April 25th at noon in the Fellowship Hall of Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver, NC. Ages 55 and up are invited to dine free. To RSVP, call 704.483.5266 by April 18th.
Books given to local programs
DUMC Christmas donations along with Unity Presbyterian donating over $2000 in new books allowed Lincoln County Social Workers and mentor programs to stop by Denver UMC this week to collect books to hand out to at-risk children before summer break. Thank you all for your generosity with this program!
Income Received to Date:
 2019 309,830   2018 331,912    -7% change         
(Total 2019 Operating Budget = $1,288,807)